Choosing the right carpet for your home makes for a warmer and softer surface to walk on and can add a pop of color to a room. If you have a business, carpet flooring adds a comfortable experience for your customers. When it comes to the beauty of your home and the aesthetics and cleanliness of your business, properly carpet care is important. You need to stick to a carpet maintenance plan: even if your floor doesn't appear dirty or smell bad thanks to the modern fibers used in carpeting today. Here are a few general carpet care guidelines that will ensure your floor stays beautiful for the long-run.
We always recommend following your manufacturer’s care recommendations. This will ensure you fulfill your warranty and it will also prevent problems from improper cleaning methods and products. For instance, some carpets have a proprietary stain treatment that can deteriorate or stop working optimally if you use the wrong care products.
High-traffic areas of your home or business like hallways and foyers should be vacuumed at least twice per week. Rooms that don't see a lot of foot traffic such as a guest room can be vacuumed just once a week. Vacuums with beater bars or rotating brushes that can reach all the way to the carpet backing are the best kind to use for deep-cleaning. However, if you have carpeting with a thick loop pile such as wool, brush attachments can be abrasive on the surface and cause pulls or fuzziness. In that case, you should use a suction-only vacuum or an adjustable brush that won't pull too hard on the pile.
Even if you have a stain-resistant carpet, you should always wipe up spills and messes as soon as possible. This will prevent stains from sinking into the fibers. Use a damp towel or sponge and blot the spill, but don’t scrub. Scrubbing can push the stain deeper into the fibers. Microfiber cloths can be especially effective for soaking up spills.
Vacuuming is great for surface dirt and detritus, but professional deep cleaning is utmost for long-term carpet maintenance. Most carpet warranties will require professional carpet cleaning as part of your regular care plan. Depending on the style of carpet you have and its fiber content, hot water extraction may be ideal or your professional may have to do deep-cleaning only.
Most carpet manufacturers recommend a deep cleaning every 18-24 months to keep your carpet looking great and your warranty valid. In addition to getting what the vacuum misses, professional cleaning will rejuvenate the fibers and the professional will know what materials to use on synthetic and natural fibers.
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